From the premiere of Unión Berlin to the return of Arsenal and Real Sociedad

5/29/2023 at 1:36 p.m


Liverpool and Chelsea will both be absent, both after six straight runs

The tournament also awaits the winners of the Europa League, Rome or Seville, to expand the teams already classified to 26, to which will be added another six from the preliminary rounds.

24 teams have already qualified for the 2023-24 Champions League group stage, with an already unassailable record of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​​​​​Atlético de Madrid, Bayern and PSG; the continuity of Inter, Napoli, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Benfica, Porto, Leipzig, Salzburg and Celtic; the returns of Real Sociedad, Arsenal, Newcastle, United, Lazio, Feyenoord, Lens and Red Star; and the premiere of Union Berlinfourth in the Bundesliga.

And at the same time, the losses of Liverpool (six-time champion, the last in 2019 at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid) or the Chelsea (two-time winner, most recently 2021), each after six uninterrupted rounds in the tournament; He Tottenham (Finalist 2019) or the Bayer Leverkusenwaiting to see what happens in the final of the Europa League between the Seville and the Rome, one of which will reach the group stage. You did not qualify through the league or Serie A.

The rest of the base is still intact. Nothing changes the city pep GuardiolaFinalist in this campaign, neither to Real Madrid, nor to Barcelona, ​​nor to Atlético de Madrid, nor to Bayern Munich still to Paris Saint GermainPresent in at least each of the last eleven issues, or beyond Champions League, as the only six teams to have played the tournament continuously from 2013-2014.

They continue that too Inter, finalist; He Naples, the champions of Serie A; Milan, classified this Sunday; Borussia Dortmundwho is still digesting the drama of the last day when he had what it took to become Bundesliga champions and end Bundesliga hegemony Bavariabut failed at the decisive moment with a 2:2 at home with the Mainz that relegated him to second place; and Benfica and Harbor from Portugal.

You keep those too LeipzigHas featured in five of the last six editions, most recently four in a row, with his best result being the semi-final he lost to Paris Saint Germain (0-3) in August 2019 after knocking out Atlético de Madrid in the quarter-finals (2- 1) and the salzburgalso with four consecutive participations.

Unión Berlin makes its debut in the Champions League. It was founded in 1966 and returned to the 2019 Bundesligawhich means that they have overcome another hurdle this season as fourth in the table and have qualified directly for the group stage.

So far he had only played in the Europa League and the Spanish league. conference, between the past rate and this one. He made his debut in continental competition in the 2001 UEFA Cup, falling in the round of 32.


He arsenal come back. The Champions League is his consolation. He was top of the table for most of his Premiership when he felt he was the favorite to win, but his collapse in recent days saw him take the crown Manchester City. finish second And he returns to the highest level of competition, from which there has not been a trace of him since March 7, 2017.

Their last game of the tournament dates from this period, a resounding 5-1 defeat in the round of 16 against Bayern Munich, who had also won the first leg in Germany 5-1 and unintentionally ended the ‘Gunners’ cycle in the Champions League ‘, then still led by Arsène Wengeruntil his return in 2023-24.

Only six years have passed since then Xhaka granite now in block training Mikel Arteta. More time has passed since last achieving Champions League qualification since 2010. They were finalists in 2006, losing 2-1 to Barcelona.

At his side appears again newcastle, whose multi-million dollar project is set to become world football’s biggest and shiniest showcase. After all, he’s fourth in the Premier League and his low coefficient makes him a contender (and a threat to his potential rivals) for the final round of the group stage draw, if he is one block (and more will be the next course) with a high level.

On March 19, 2003 it came with a 0:2 defeat against the Barcelona, played his last game in continental top competition, never progressing beyond the group stage. He has participated three times in the past. Now he will do it for the fourth time.

the same as real companyreturning to maximum continental competition after a decade, at the hands of Bailiff Imanol. He hasn’t played it since 2013/14.


They return those too Lazio, present in 2020-21 after a thirteen-year absence and returning in the next issue. They have won just two of their last ten games in the tournament.

and the Manchester unitedregaining his place in the highest competition after his absence last year, while rebuilding his present and future more in line with his past.

In its last edition, 2021-22, it was eliminated by the in the round of 16 Sporty of Madrid, but throughout its history it has been an undeniable protagonist of the European Cup or La Liga master. He has won it three times: in 2008, 1999 and 1968. He is the seventh in the historical ranking of the competition in this regard.

Twenty years later he returns lensesFrench Ligue 1 runners-up before their third appearance in the Champions League after 1998 and 2002. They did not progress beyond the group stage.

He is also returning after three years Red Star, finalist 1991 against Marseille. In the 2019/20 season, their last tournament appearance, they lost five of their six games. This edition and the previous 2018–19 edition are their only appearances in European competition since 1992.

As of December 6, 2017, the last Champions League game of the feyenoord, the Dutch champion of this season. won 2-1 at Naples after eight losses in a row. He hadn’t competed in the competition since 2002. He played then and faded from it until reuniting with a tournament where he played 75 games.

He’s also in the group stage Celtic, the winners of the Scottish League. A history of the European Cup, champions 1966-67, whose past leaves him melancholy. They already returned to the competition last season but didn’t win a single game with four defeats and two draws. He has only won one of his last 21 duels. He lost his last semi-final with the Sporty Madrid dates back to half a century ago: 1974.


With Manchester City and Inter guaranteeing qualification beyond their final on 10 June, the Ukrainian champions will also have a direct pass. The name is not yet known between the Shakthar Donetskmore likely because he is the leader of the table with 69 points, or He Dnipro, second five away, two days to go.

The Champions League is also waiting next Wednesday for the winner of the Europa League, Rome or Sevilleto increase the teams already classified to 26, to which will be added another six from the preliminary rounds.

The group stage begins on September 19, 2023 with the first match day. Before that, the semi-finals of the round will begin on June 27th provisionally and the qualifying rounds last until the end of August: the first is planned on 11./12. and 18./19. July; the second 25./26. July and 1./2. August; the third on 8./9. and August 15 and the final or “play-off” on August 22-23. and 29./30. August.

The second appointment of the group stage takes place on October 3rd and 4th, the third on the 24th and 25th of the month, the fourth on November 7th and 8th, the fifth on the 28th and 29th and the sixth on the 12th and 12th of the month December 13 held the winter break until the playoffs when the Champions will resume in 2024 with the round of 16 (February 13, 14, 20 and 21 and March 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2024) with the 16 qualified teams.

The quarter-finals are scheduled for April 9th ​​and 10th and 16th and 17th; the semi-finals for April 30th and May 1st, the Goand the second leg on May 7th and 8th, as well as the final on June 1st, 2024 at Wembley Stadium in London.

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